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Norwich in fourth place for outstanding research

Tue, 17 Jun 2014

Thomson Reuters has placed Norwich as the fourth city in the UK for most highly cited research.

Three researchers from Norwich Medical School and two from the School of Environmental Sciences have been featured in the top one per cent of the world's most highly cited researchers.

With 12 scientists featuring in the list from across the Norwich Research Park, Norwich was placed behind only Cambridge, London and Oxford. The study by Thomson Reuters, published on the Highly Cited website, is a measure of the exceptional impact that scientists are making globally.

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, chief executive officer for the Norwich Research Park said: "It is very pleasing to see that Norwich has retained its top four position within the UK for the number of scientists in the premier one per cent of the world's most highly cited researchers. We have been consistently ranked fourth in the UK since 2006 which demonstrates the research strength and outstanding achievements of the Norwich Research Park Partner organisations."

Find our more about UEA's research performance.

Scientists from the University of East Anglia are:

Professor Aedin Cassidy,whose research programme is focused on bioactive compounds present in plants, with interest in their metabolism, bioavailability and health effects, using a combination of cell/in vitro models and human studies

Professor Kerry Turner CBE, who works on environmental and ecological economics; ecosystem services; wetland valuation and management; coastal zone manangement, waste management.

Professor Phil Jones, whose research interests are in the field of instrumental climate change involving the analysis of instrumental series of temperature, precipitation and pressure measurements taken around the world.

Professor David Livermore, whose research centres on the development of methods to rapidly detect antibiotic resistant bacteria in patient specimens.

Dr Ailsa Welch, whose research focuses on understanding the importance of nutrition to ageing, with emphasis on musculoskeletal health, dietary fat & protein composition, minerals and acid-base balance.

The scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory are:

Prof Cyril Zipfel, head of laboratory and whose research is on plant innate immunity to disease.

Prof Sophien Kamoun, who studies the biology of filamentous plant pathogens, including the pathogen responsible for potato blight.

Prof Jonathan Jones, who works on plant-pathogen interactions and the development of biotechnological solutions to important crop diseases.

Dr Joe Win, a postdoctoral researcher in Prof Sophien Kamoun's lab - Joe works on the pathogen responsible for blight affecting potatoes and tomatoes.

Scientists from the John Innes Centre are:

Prof Alison Smith, who studies how plants metabolise sugars and starch and how these affect their growth and yield.

Prof Caroline Dean, whose research on vernalization - the period of cold some plants need in order to flower - is leading other studies at the John Innes Centre and around the world, including into how plants will adapt to climate change.

Prof Giles Oldroyd, who leads research programmes on how cereal and maize crops could be genetically modified to 'fix' their own nitrogen from the air as peas and legumes can, with implications for reducing artificial fertilisers and improving yield in the UK and in countries which do not have access to nitrogen fertilisers.